Cancer Patient's Courage Measured in Beads

Battling cancer one bead at a time

By Kim Fischer
|  Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:23 PM CDT
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Beads Bright Reminder of Patient's Progress

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Each bead represents a successful cancer treatment for some patients at Medical City in Dallas.

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Beads Bright Reminder of Patient's Progress

At Medical City Dallas, hope for young cancer patients comes in the form of colorful beads, offered by the hospital's Beads of Courage program.
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At Medical City Dallas, hope for young cancer patients comes in the form of colorful beads, offered by the hospital's Beads of Courage program.

Young cancer patients, like 13-year-old Hanna Waters, get a bead each time they hit a milestone in their treatment. The beads are supposed to help patients more easily explain what they’re going through to friends and family

Hanna was diagnosed with pediatric bone cancer in February. She has collected 250 beads since then, making her strand more than 8 feet long.

"When you get diagnosed with cancer or a blood condition, you get beads for everything you do. Like every night you stay in the hospital is yellow, and every time you get poked with a needle you have a black bead," said Waters.

Clowns from Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus are bringing special circus beads to all the kids in the program this Thursday.

Online: medicalcityhospital.com
 

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